Anyone else feeling bloated and gaining weight due to stay at home orders? I imagine I am not alone! After several months of not being able to leave my house, basically eating and watching TV, I am feeling the results. I don’t know about you but I have been living in pajamas and yoga pants but the other day I finally put on real clothes to go to the store now that things are opening up. OMG. It is worse than I expected. It was a tight squeeze if you know what I mean.
It is time to be more mindful, get back to healthy habits and lose some of this weight.
When people think of getting in shape, they automatically think that they must join a gym or get a personal trainer to see great results. For many of us, those options are not within our budget. And depending how far you have to go to reach your target weight…and how far over the age of 50 you are, joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer can be a little intimidating with all the young, fit bodies in their cute little outfits. Not something I want to deal with right now for sure.
Because of the state of the world, where I live, gyms are closed. So that isn’t even an option for me anyway. But in all honesty, I have done the gym before and I found that it does not guarantee me results either unless I make going a habit that sticks. I realize I have had a hard time with that in the past. I pretty much lose motivation after the first month, stop going and then I am stuck with a recurring payment for the rest of the year. That is a huge waste of money and a mistake I don’t care to repeat. So even when the fitness centres open and start throwing deals at me left and right, I am going to be strong and resist the urge.
My problem has always been that I wanted to see big results and fast. When I didn’t see them, I quit. I need to stop thinking like that. It took me time to gain this weight and I need to give it time to lose it. But I am lazy and want the simplest solution….Hmmmm.
I remember when I was working full-time, I never went to the gym or worked out. I was on my feet for 9 hours a day. Mostly walking and doing a lot of stairs. It was so easy to keep the weight off and I always had tons of energy. I need to somehow be able to mimic that lifestyle at home.
So I purchased a step tracker to help me get moving. The first day I wore it, I did my regular, stay at home routine to see exactly where I am at. I am really embarrassed to say that I didn’t even log 2,000 steps! That was a huge wake up call. It made it abundantly clear why I keep gaining weight, get out of breath going up a flight of stairs and have trouble sleeping at night. I need to walk more. Way more.
Getting in shape is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other for a target of 10,000 steps a day.
There are many great reasons to walk. Your heart will get stronger, you’ll lower your blood pressure, and your bones will get stronger. Walking also eases stress, helps you sleep better, and can boost your outlook on life. WebMD
Obviously the big problem currently is that I don’t leave the house very much at all. I could walk outside but I want to stay safe plus summer is here and the humidity is unbearable. Walking outside just makes me feel ill. So short of springing for a treadmill (mo’ money), I couldn’t figure out how I was ever going to reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day.
I spoke to my sister about it and she gave me a suggestion that one of her friends had passed on to her. And guess what? It worked! I now easily reach my target of 8 kilometres a day! It is so simple, it will blow your mind.
Super Easy Way To Reach Your Target 10,000 Steps Even When You Are At Home All Day:
Walk around the house during commercials when you are watching TV.
How freaking genius is that? I have actually taken it a bit further. Anytime you find yourself waiting, start walking around the house!
- warming up something in the microwave
- making coffee
- boiling a kettle or water on the stove
- talking on the phone
- waiting for the dog to do his business outside
- walk to the furthest bathroom when you need to go
Use all of those opportunities when you would otherwise just be standing or sitting there staring, to be active and move. If you feel really energetic, do jumping jacks. You will be amazed at how all those little things will add up.
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For those of you looking to purchase a fitness gadget to keep track of your steps:
Here is my review of the Striiv Fusion Bio Activity Smartwatch.
This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive it for free or receive compensation to write this. I did my research and bought it myself.
I have to admit that the number one reason I bought the Striiv Fusion Bio Activity Smartwatch is because I could buy the high end gadget with all the bells and whistles for a lot less than the comparable Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch.
Here are some of the features I love:
- keeps track of steps
- keeps track of distance
- keeps track of steps climbed
- keeps track of calories burned
- keeps track of heart beats per minute
- keeps track of total active minutes
- syncs with phone to keep track of progress over weeks
- can link to friends and motivate each other
- comes with three different coloured bands, black, blue and red
- large display screen
- able to receive notifications from all of my apps on my iPhone, from a distance
- small and sleek
I love being able to keep track of my steps and monitor my progress. I strongly recommend looking into purchasing a fitness gadget if you are having trouble getting motivated to get fit. Nothing feels better than having my Striiv Fusion Bio Activity Smartwatch vibrate and flash when I have met my goal.
If you have any other suggestions or tips on how you reach your target of 10,000 steps a day, please share them in the comments.